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Marijuana: Can It Kill You?

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Can marijuana really kill you?

According to latest federal survey from The New York Times, there’s a significant increasingly tendency of teenagers in using vape of marijuana and nicotine, instead of drinking, smoking cigarettes and taking hard drugs. Many argues that marijuana kills people due to its dangerous use and causes of side effects which may lead to miserable death, while others claim it is much safer than alcohol or other hard drugs.

Statistics showed that marijuana use becomes more common among adolescents than alcohol and cigarette use in the past 10 years. As It’s pictured, both alcohol and cigarette using from students between 10th and 12th grade has been declined by a respectively percentage while marijuana use has increased by at least 4% in the past years.

Trend in Marijuana use
Trends in Alcohol, Cigarette and in the past 10 years: 30-day prevalence in 12th graders | Sources conducted by U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health | Graphic by Katherine Wong

“This is a very, very worrisome trend,” claimed by Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of NIDA. Thousands of cases have shown that marijuana caused a high rate of hospitalizations, mostly heart and lung disease, and even death.

The researchers examined nearly 10,000 patients at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital from 2012 to 2016, finding that while sales of edibles are lower than inhaled pot products, people eating marijuana candies or food were more likely to show up at the ER with severe panic attacks or other sudden mental disorders. Inhaled marijuana caused a higher rate of hospitalizations, mostly due to cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, a severe vomiting condition associated with heavy cannabis use. – NBC News

On September 2019 demonstrated death is linked to vaping. A 17 years old Indiana boy, who died from smoking weed which causes his major vomiting and abdominal pain. Another death linked to the use of marijuana when a person who had used electronic device containing marijuana oil died due to a severe respiratory – USA Today published the news. Toxicological examinations verified that both of the individuals were under the influence of marijuana when they died, and they got sick basically from vaped products containing a great percentage THC, the major ingredient that gives cannabis its high. Although the doctors considered the other causes of death, they conclude the two individuals died due to cardiovascular disease from smoking marijuana.

Evidence shows that the use of marijuana could be one of the main factors lead to such cardiovascular issues. A recent 25-year longitudinal study, however, indicates that smoking marijuana is probably the most rarely trigger of a heart attack. While looking into the risk of cardiovascular events in people with a history of marijuana use, the research showed that “neither total lifetime marijuana uses nor recent marijuana use was associated with cardiovascular disease”.

What it suggests is that there are no certain statistics are telling us how many people had died from using marijuana, but the proponents of legalization ask for more evidence. Journalists and editors, sometimes take only part out of the context in order to catch readers’ eyes. Meanwhile, doctors caution that claiming a cause-and-effect between marijuana use and death may be an exaggeration.

The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that the burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products
The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that the burden of death and disease from tobacco use in the United States is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products | CDC analyzed data from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).

When looking into alcohol, hard drugs, tobacco, and cigarettes issues, “an estimated 88,0006 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women6) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity”.

One study conducted in California records more than 65 thousand of men and women between 15 and 49 years of age died after 10 years of marijuana using no sooner than
those who did not smoke it.

Another study found accrue nearly 45 thousand of Swedish army conscripts between 18 and 20 years of age that both users and nonusers had similar lifetime as it is expected after 15 years.

Regarding to recent reliable studies in American Scientist, individuals would have to use more than a thousand times forceful dose of marijuana in order to make it a such potentially fatal, but not a death.

Annual Causes of Death in the United States Related Chapter: Overdose For facts about specific drugs, here's a list of Controlled Substance sections.
Annual Causes of Death in the United States Related Chapter: Overdose For facts about specific drugs, here’s a list of Controlled Substance sections. | Sources conducted by DRUGFACTS. org

Compared to the severe harm of alcohol, prescription drugs, and cigarettes, marijuana, indeed, is safer than a peanut.

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